Mookata, the renowned combination of BBQ and shabu-shabu originated from Thailand which has gathered decent followers in Singapore. A google search to check for the mookata places in Singapore, the list can be considered very extensive.
|ChokChai Mookata Shop
I had my virgin experience with mookata a few years back and I have been avoiding it since. The reason being it is slow to cook and I “hate” it when you bbq the meat / sausage or balls, the food just take a tumble into the shabu-shabu section.
First thing that I noticed in ChokChai Mookata is the bbq pan. There is a mini gate surrounding the bbq section, so the bbq food will not roll to the soup. Wohoo!! Something to look forward.
|ChokChai Mookata pan
|$45 Set Menu for 4 to 5 pax
The same principal as steamboat, you first cooked the food that takes a longer time to cook, such as: corn, carrots and cabbage into the shabu-shabu section. According to Len (one of the owner of ChokChai), the soup base used here is made from radish and some secret ingredients. For me it was robust and tasty. For the grill, you started by lubricating the grill pan using the pork lard provided and followed by any meat that you want.
|1st step - lard on the grill
The sauce accompanying this Mookata is green and red chilli dips. The green is close to the chilli used for seafood, slightly tangy and salty. While the red chilli has more kick and pretty spicy. We were told it is better not to mix the two chilli together, eat them separately.
|Red Chilli dip
|Green Chilli dip
Prawns and scallops are fresh. While the black pepper chicken and garlic lean meat are well seasoned, that exudes the flavour upon grilling it. I personally like the pork belly, that I wish that it will have a bigger serving. If you want beef or more meat, you can order ala-carte.
|Check out the Prawn
|Pork Belly - Yum Yum
As the meat cooked, some of the oil will slowly drip to the shabu-shabu which added some sweetness and flavours to the broth. The gentle boil in the shabu-shabu section provided a good place to cook the pork liver ($6 ala-carte) The broth is free flow and can be top up as you wish.
|Free Flow of Soup
For the side dish, there is Thai Papaya salad $5. To sum it up, it is very spicy. In case you are wondering, the folks that prepare this Mookata are two Thai ladies. So you can be assure of its Thai origin.
|Thai Papaya Salad - Somtam
ChokChai Mookata is located in the coffeeshop of Block 340 Ang Mo Kio avenue 1. The place is very spacious, bright and has a very good ventilation.
|About ChokChai Mookata
Overall, ChokChai Mookata has changed my opinion on Mookata. To be frank, it is still not my first choice but I am more open to it now. It was a better experience compare to my first. As the food cooked slower than the usual BBQ or Steamboat, it is best to enjoy Mookata with the company of your friends. Cheers!!
Thanks to Len for the tasting invitation.
Food & Drink: 7/10
Service: n/a (tasting invitation)
Budget per Person: $11 - $25